A blog for class

1.Two girls pose for a picture between stock car races at Butler Speedway. Both are on break from school, and enjoying their time off.

2.My best friend and I walk around the Hillsdale County fair as a country band is taking the stage to our left behind the grandstands. We were sort of walking around and listening to them because we did not have tickets.

3.All three of us meet every February for the annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo. It’s the first of many horse shows we will attend throughout every year.

4/5. Two pictures represent what I like to call sparkles or camo? I decided to include these because I think it is important that not only the things that rural youth do, but also how they dress separate them from the rest of the “typical youth.”

6. My cousin and I ride together while practicing for the local county fair. While being an individual sport, there are also many social aspects to riding, like talking while riding next to each-other.  We chose to practice at the same time so that we could catch up.

7. Pictured above is a set of boots at a bonfire. This is the typical view for hanging out at home on a Friday or Saturday night with friends. This particular bonfire was small and there were only four of us. We had nothing to do and were just sitting around catching up.

8. The above shows Hanna, typical to how she would dress to go bow-fishing at night. She goes with her family and fiancée during the summer. They are even involved in a local competition, and compete for bragging rights about who can kill the most carp.  

Do something is a non-profit that gives start up to youth so that they have the ability to spearhead campaigns. They are an internet based company. They’re a mostly American based company. They don’t allow anyone over 25 to become members, it’s only for young people.  It doesn’t say when they started up but they had over 1,000,000 members in 2012. The young people can apply for grants for their cause, and it doesn’t require any support from parents or older people is what they stress on the website. 

Music and Youth

The topic of my interview was music as it relates to youth. I was surprisingly moved by the person I interviewed. Because I took music classes for so long all throughout high school, and too a few too many English classes I have been molded to think that everything has some sort of meaning created by an artist. Now I’m not a music snob or anything, but I do usually look up lyrics and try and really listen to what the artist is saying. The person I interviewed told me that he just thinks it is meant to be enjoyed. The simplicity behind how he felt about music kind of took me by surprise. He also talked about music from another country which also was interesting. He said that in India (that’s where his parents are from) they don’t have artists who just release music, it’s all soundtracks from movies. I’m not sure how much of that is true, but it’s interesting to think about. The most prominent thing he said about their music was that he enjoyed it because it has an upbeat feel to it, and that even though he doesn’t know what they’re saying he still really enjoys it.

I love music. You can listen to it while you’re cleaning or doing other boring stuff. Upbeat music just makes that stuff go faster;”

"Embracing the notion that market-driven values and relations should shape every domain of human life, a business-centered model of governance has eviscerated any viable notion of the public values and interests, while insidiously criminalizing social problems and cutting back on basic social services, especially for young people, the poor, minorities, immigrants, and the elderly" (Giroux 2012) There’s a lot of truth to Giroux’s claim. These young people were protesting because they wanted to be able to finish school in the US. There was only 8 of them, and they weren’t violently acting out against the government, yet they were arrested. It says that our relationship with change is to not. Though the youth are calling for it, we don’t want it to happen. It makes the youth seem as though they know nothing.

This news story is basically just talking about how we shouldn’t pressure our youth to be thin. It says that using words like fat and overweight make young girls more likely to being unhealthy. It gives other words to use, like fit and strong in place of those words. It implies that all youth have low self-esteem and need to be built up. It says we should teach them how to be healthy rather than unhealthy. However, it says we shouldn’t judge others, because that sends a wrong message, even though in saying that someone is so fit, you’re judging them too.  

Because of the undertone of the article I think it’s thematic. If it were episodic, I think there would be stats about how young women are becoming more frequently depressed because of their body images, and how we view obesity is the cause of that. 

If I were to reframe this, I would probably make it more targeted, and change it to a episodic frame. It’s hard to get a grip on if there is actually an issue because the article is so vague. It’s probably something that some mom’s might really identify with, if they’re pushing their daughters to better themselves. I do like the message at the end that basically says to lead by example. But in all honesty, I think I wouldn’t put much stress into body image rather than an emphasis on healthy living. It puts emphasis on sports, and that isn’t the only way to keep healthy.

"Analysts say the private sector needs to create 200,000-plus jobs each month to accommodate new graduates, other entrants and re-entrants to the workforce. Such job creation is important not just for those job hunters but for the national economy."


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/07/4278740/job-market-slowly-improves-but.html#storylink=cpy

This article is almost the same as the article we read about European youth. It talks about how unemployment rates overall are dropping, and more people are being employed. However it talks about how the youth are being left out of the labor force and are being forced into low income jobs. The article also calls for a need of job creation to support the unemployed. 

The article is intended to raise spirits about unemployment. Overall it has positive statistics about job placements, and more people entering the search for a job, meaning that more people are confident that they can find one. The message is pretty much don’t give up, and I think it’s to the youth. They’re also saying that jobs need to be created, and essentially saying it’s a good time to try and create them. Meaning that ideas may become businesses and other services, and essentially employment is created. 

Young, Qualified, and Jobless

The main point of the article is that the world we live in is not built for the types of job market that we are needing to survive on. Basically we are taught to go into institutions for stability and that it isn’t the case anymore that it’s what we are even able to do anymore. It talks about how retirement may be a thing of the past, and that entrepreneurship a thing of the present.

I chose to respond to this piece because I agree with the last few paragraphs that talk about our youth needing to create new jobs for themselves. How we’re all going to end up having to be self employed, because the big name companies workforce has topped out. Not to mention our generation needs a new movement to move the economy forward, otherwise we’re just living on our parents success and in their world, instead of creating our own.

The guy who talks about the youth hostile is my point, it was as if he was taking the ideas from my head and putting them into print for the world to see. Finding a job now is no longer about going to find opportunity, it’s about making it. My favorite line from this is “Opportunity does not die, it just changes.” Just because Doctors are rich and successful does not mean that everyone will be a rich Doctor. Then who would be the teachers, social workers, laborers, and business men, waiters, and the thousands of other working people who run the world? It’s all about how today’s youth have to be taught to be pioneers rather than to fit some mold that the past generations have concocted. The mold that no longer is a sure fire way to the top of the economic food chain.

(hooking up is) not a new invention, just a new buzzword

—From the video Sext me later

Casual sexual relationships, I don’t think are becoming normalized. I fully agree with this quote that there’s just a word for it now. It’s something that people have always done. Now too, we hear about it more because of things like text messaging and over-sharing on the internet. I think because it’s more visible now, it’s more widely heard of. Before the internet and smart phones, there wasn’t a way to instantly share the details of someones night without meeting face to face. Now we can live stream videos of our endeavors via things like snapchat and vinelo. Not to mention people who make up fake things and post anonymously on the internet so that there’s something more interesting to read. 

This photo was taken at a music festival in Brooklyn Mi. These are people waiting for Dierks Bentley to perform on the main stage. It tells us that youth want to have fun, because it’s a huge three day concert that has hundreds of people in attendance. I haven’t been able to go anywhere this week without hearing about this. It tells us youth want to enjoy life and see new and exciting things. It also tells us that they want to be able to share those experiences with friends and family. Many here are with friends or family members. A friend of mine who went to this concert went with her sister, cousins, mom and son. So they want to be with their family and be able to share memories.

This photo was taken at a music festival in Brooklyn Mi. These are people waiting for Dierks Bentley to perform on the main stage. It tells us that youth want to have fun, because it’s a huge three day concert that has hundreds of people in attendance. I haven’t been able to go anywhere this week without hearing about this. It tells us youth want to enjoy life and see new and exciting things. It also tells us that they want to be able to share those experiences with friends and family. Many here are with friends or family members. A friend of mine who went to this concert went with her sister, cousins, mom and son. So they want to be with their family and be able to share memories.

cblessett:

Above listed are three tips for working between generations. Tips are provided for working with millennials such as mentoring, self teaching resources, and giving support to unique career paths.
http://www.mediaispower.com/generation-gap-millenial-baby-boomer-genx/#sthash.dIjPNtrZ.dpbs

I really like this infograph because it affirms that millenials tick a little bit differently than other generations, but it explains the differences in a positive light. It talks about how moving forward the work place needs to change to suit the worker, not the other way around. I also really like how it says “Support Unique Career Paths.” This goes along with the changing the workplace attitude. 

cblessett:

Above listed are three tips for working between generations. Tips are provided for working with millennials such as mentoring, self teaching resources, and giving support to unique career paths.

http://www.mediaispower.com/generation-gap-millenial-baby-boomer-genx/#sthash.dIjPNtrZ.dpbs

I really like this infograph because it affirms that millenials tick a little bit differently than other generations, but it explains the differences in a positive light. It talks about how moving forward the work place needs to change to suit the worker, not the other way around. I also really like how it says “Support Unique Career Paths.” This goes along with the changing the workplace attitude.